Category Archives: Probate

Death Certificates

Death certificates in Texas are generally prepared by the funeral home handling the deceased person’s body.  Often times the family will obtain the death certificates they need from the funeral home. The number of death certificates you will need will … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Improper or No Planning

This is a reprint of a great article I posted in my blog back in 2012.   One of my favorite columnists, Pamela Yip, has written another great article regarding the need for estate planning and how the lack of … Continue reading

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Protections for Surviving Family in Probate Proceedings

Often times survivors of a decedent are afraid of probate, fearing the small amount in the estate will be eaten up by all the creditors and probate fees.  But in Texas, the legislature has created several protections for a surviving … Continue reading

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Avoiding A Contest

Oftentimes when I meet with clients desiring to do estate planning, little thought is given by the client to how smoothly the processing of their estate will go after they are gone.  So here are a few things to keep … Continue reading

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Why Do People Want to Avoid Probate?

When a loved one passes away, people react differently.  This is obvious from attending any funeral; some are stoic, some are very emotional, and many are in between.  But beyond the emotional and grieving process, people also react differently addressing … Continue reading

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